Don’t let anxiety ruin your smile
When you lose your spark
Neglecting your oral health can cause you anxiety, it’s been proven to be linked to depression and a poor state of mind. This might seem far-fetched but depression falls into inflammatory disorders and poor oral health can lead to inflammation in the body. If you’re experiencing problems or pain in your teeth and gums it can put you in a state of anxiety. Often, we forget just how in sync our body is and that every part, be it physical, mental or emotional, plays a role of our overall health.
Patients that find themselves going through depression or some sort of anxiety can experience other symptoms like difficulty eating a well-balanced diet or speaking which can result in bad breath, poor teeth appearance like yellowing, decaying and tooth loss. All of this can happen because someone is finding hard to do the things they used to do or is neglecting their day to day routine. Patients who go through eating disorders also experience symptoms that can dishearten them even further. Bulimic patients experience additional acid in their mouths because of vomiting and this can lead to tooth decay. On the other hand, anorexic patients consume fewer nutrients due to lack of food which means they don’t get vitamins like calcium in their bodies and that is important for strengthening the teeth.
The abuse of alcohol and tobacco can also cause teeth staining and decay, tobacco has properties that weaken the immune system which makes it hard for the body to fight off bacteria that might cause gum disease.
Your oral routine might suffer if you go through a difficult time mentally and emotionally. However, there are numerous procedures that we can do to rectify your dental issues.
Whiten those teeth
Teeth whitening is a common procedure offered by dentists and orthodontists and it can play a role in giving you back your confidence. Stains on your teeth can be caused by a number of things, it could be the food you eat or certain lifestyle habits which could involve smoking. By using products that contain hydrogen peroxide which has bleaching properties, the teeth start to go lighter and you begin to see a change. Sometimes though, over the counter products like toothpaste and whitening strips are not enough to reverse the damage that’s been done to the teeth and that is when it becomes necessary to consult with your dentist. Combining these two treatments can be an effective strategy for achieving whiter, brighter teeth.
Am I eligible for a dental implant?
If you’ve lost teeth prematurely due to certain sickness or disorder, dental implants could be a solution for you. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable teeth and are made to match the look of your natural teeth. Implants are an option for anyone young or old. If you are healthy enough to go through oral surgery then you will be eligible to be considered for a dental implant. By reviewing your diagnostic records and viewing your CT scan results, your dentist is able to give you further information if you qualify. You should have healthy gums and bones since it will be holding the implant in place. Implants are a durable option that lasts for up to 35 years when well taken care of. Your implants need you to commit to taking good care of them and be meticulous in following a good oral hygiene routine.
If you have any questions about anxiety and it affects your dental health, or wish to undergo any treatments to improve your smile, book a consultation with one of our trusted team today.